Several Blazers have been returned from NHL camps...
Both Colin Smith and Chase Schaber are headed back from Edmonton after impressing the Oiler brass with their camp invite.
Brendan Ranford will be returning from Philadelphia today. Jordan DePape is back from Winnipeg Jets camp after his invite.
The team also expects to have JT Barnett back from New Jersey and Austin Madaisky from Columbus before Saturday's season opener.
That leaves Josh Caron as the only question mark at this point. The signed 20 year-old suffered a wrist injury during Minnesota Wild camp. Hopefully I'll get an update on his status shortly.
I think the biggest question heading into the first game of the season is who gets the start in goal opening night?
Indications are pointing towards Cam Lanigan as the opening night starter. He's played well in pre-season and hasn't given a reason why he shouldn't get the ball to open up the campaign.
He's come in with the right attitude and has done everything asked of him.
Cole Cheveldave and to some extent Taran Kozun will be waiting in the wings looking for an opportunity at some point.
Not sure on the injury status of three forwards heading into the weekend. It's safe to say Ryan Hanes (charley horse), Logan McVeigh (concussion) and Chase Souto (concussion) are all day-to-day with a full week of practice leading up to the first game of the season.
The Blazers hosted their season ticket pick-up yesterday at ISC. Several players and Head Coach Guy Charron were on hand to talk with season ticket holders on the concourse.
The Blazers will be featured on Shaw TV four times this season. Three home broadcasts and once on the road. The first Shaw game involving the Blazers will be October 7th at ISC vs the Spokane Chiefs.
We're on the air live Saturday afternoon on Radio NL from ISC at about 5:20pm with our special season kick-off show. Rick "The Bear" Wile will anchor coverage leading into our 6:30pm pre-game show.
We are still finalizing some of our guests leading up to face-off Saturday night.
Face-off shortly after 7pm following pre-game introductions.
There will be a one-minute moment of silence before face-off to honour former WHL'ers Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien, Wade Belak and Brad MacCrimmon - all of which passed this off-season.